(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is heading to the 15-day disabled list after the team announced he’s being shut down with right lat soreness thanks to right shoulder fatigue.
Cole had to be removed from his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in just his second appearance since coming off the disabled list on June 28.
“It’s very frustrating,” Cole told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The bullpen just didn’t go well. I wasn’t myself. If you can’t be yourself in a bullpen, how can you do it when you pitch (in a game)? It’s hard enough to get through the Cardinals’ lineup when you’re feeling good.”
The 23-year-old Cole is in his first full season in the Majors after he was the 1st overall pick by the team during the 2011 Draft. In 14 starts this season, Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 85.2 innings pitched.
Brandon Cumpton will be called up to take Cole’s place in the starting rotation.
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